June 24, 2016

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Branyan traded to Seattle

The Indians traded slugger Russell Branyan to Seattle on Saturday night, acquiring a pair of minor leaguers in the deal.

The trade was announced after the Indians’ 6-4 loss at Cincinnati.

The move was made to clear room for Matt LaPorta, who will join the team today in Cincinnati for the series finale with the Reds.

Cleveland netted Triple-A center fielder Ezequiel Carrera and advanced Class A shortstop Juan Diaz.

Branyan, whom the Indians signed as a free agent from Seattle this offseason, hit .263 with 10 home runs and 24 RBIs in 52 games for Cleveland.

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